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7:50 PM ET, April 12, 2021


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Mohamed Ibrahim / Associated Press:
Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun  —  BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Police in a Minneapolis suburb where a Black man was fatally shot during a traffic stop say the officer who fired intended to use a Taser, not a handgun.  —  Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.”
Star Tribune:
Brooklyn Center police fatally shoot man, 20, inflaming tensions during the Derek Chauvin trial  —  Man, 20, killed after being pulled over for traffic violation in Brooklyn Center  —  READ: Officer meant to use Taser, not firearm, on Daunte Wright, police chief says
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Minnesota Republicans slam Gov. Tim Walz for Daunte Wright police shooting reaction  —  Minneapolis erupted in looting and riots late Sunday after Wright was shot  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for April 12  —  Minnesota Republicans slammed Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat …
Minnesota officer shouted ‘Taser!’ but fired a gun instead, fatally shooting a man at a traffic stop, police say
New York Times:
Daunte Wright Shooting an ‘Accidental Discharge,’ Brooklyn Center Police Chief Says
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more  —  Three months in, Joe Biden's White House has settled on a firm press strategy: First, do no self-harm.  —  The president is not doing cable news interviews.  Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional.
Biden keeping Trump's pick for Moscow ambassador in place  —  Washington (CNN)The Biden administration recently decided to keep the Trump-appointed US ambassador on the job in Moscow for the foreseeable future, two senior administration officials told CNN, demonstrating a willingness …
Biden to nominate Wormuth to be first female Army secretary  —  President Joe Biden plans to nominate Pentagon veteran Christine Wormuth to be the first female Army secretary, the White House announced on Monday.  —  Wormuth, a former top policy official at the Defense Department during …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
John Cornyn's ugly, transparent attempt to paint Biden as a Manchurian Candidate
President Donald J. Trump Receives First NRSC Champion for Freedom Award  —  Washington, D.C. - This weekend, NRSC Chairman Rick Scott presented President Donald J. Trump with the NRSC's inaugural Champion for Freedom Award.  This award is presented to conservative leaders who have worked tirelessly …
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Will Smith's production pulls out of Georgia, citing the state's voting law.  —  Will Smith and the director Antoine Fuqua said on Monday that they were pulling their upcoming film production “Emancipation” out of Georgia because of the state's new voting law, which has been denounced …
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Will Smith & Antoine Fuqua Confirm Georgia Exit Of ‘Emancipation’: “We Cannot In Good Conscience Provide Economic Support” After Recent Election Law - Update
NBC News:
Will Smith movie ‘Emancipation’ abandons Georgia over voting restrictions
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Broke Its Own Rules to Radically Redefine Religious Liberty  —  Late on Friday night, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Tandon v. Newsom, which blocked California's COVID-related ban on religious gatherings in private homes.  Chief Justice John Roberts dissented …
Washington Post:
The rise of domestic extremism in America  —  Data shows a surge in homegrown attacks not seen in a quarter-century  —  Domestic terror incidents by year  —  Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States, driven chiefly by white-supremacist …
Discussion: Raw Story
‘Felt like a setup’: WhatsApp chat shows Gaetz ally scrambling to contain fallout  —  MIAMI — The feds were closing in.  And Rep. Matt Gaetz's friend, Joel Greenberg, was in a panic.  —  The Florida county tax collector was five days away from a federal indictment for sex trafficking involving …
Graham Vyse / Washington Post:
D.C.'s rising libertarian star, with her ‘healthy skepticism of state power,’ secures an influential podcast  —  Jane Coaston hates the phrase “the Black community.”  The 33-year-old journalist always jokes about her next “Black community meeting,” mocking the idea that she and millions …
NCAA Board of Governors Statement on Transgender Participation  —  The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports.  This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition.
Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
Democrats' Next Plan to Get Biden's Agenda Over the Finish Line: Fire the Scorekeeper  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  President Joe Biden unveiled a $2.25 trillion jobs …
Kriston Capps / Bloomberg:
The High Cost of Clearing Tent Cities  —  Late in March, authorities in Los Angeles attempted to remove a large encampment of unhoused people who had settled in tents along Echo Park Lake.  Such encampments are increasingly common sights on sidewalks and beneath overpasses in U.S. cities …
Washington Post:
U.S. prepares for further talks with Iran as Tehran blames Israel for attack on nuclear facility  —  U.S. negotiators prepared to resume indirect talks with Iran this week in hopes that an attack on a key Iranian nuclear facility, widely attributed to Israel, would not derail the nascent effort at diplomacy.
Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Striking Natanz facility planned long before Vienna talks - sources
Fiona Rutherford / Bloomberg:
Michigan's Plea for More Vaccines Is Rejected by Biden Team  — CDC chief says state needs shutdowns to take on virus spike  — Psaki says administration won't shift vaccines among states  —  The Biden administration on Monday put Michigan's Democratic governor on notice that her plea …
New York Times:
Subpoenaing the Brookings Institution, Durham Focuses on Trump-Russia Dossier  —  The special counsel scrutinizing the Russia inquiry, a Trump-era leftover, appears to be retreading ground that an inspector general explored in 2019.  —  WASHINGTON — Exiled from Twitter …
Discussion: Raw Story
Judge releases Trump appointee charged in Capitol riot  —  A federal judge has granted pretrial release to the only Trump administration appointee known to have been charged in connection with the storming of the Capitol during the certification of electoral votes on Jan. 6.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Raw Story
New York Times:
A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden  —  The Louvre inspected the “Salvator Mundi” and certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci.  But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting's owners.  —  French curators had worked for a decade to prepare …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Reuters to name Alessandra Galloni as its next editor-in-chief  —  (Reuters) -Reuters News is set to name one of its top editors, Alessandra Galloni, as its next editor-in-chief, the first woman to lead the globe-spanning news agency in its 170-year history.
Washington Post:
How the corporate backlash to Georgia's new voting law is shaping other fights around the country over access to the polls  —  Behind closed doors, aides to Georgia's top Republicans and its leading business interests spent the final days of March hashing out new voting legislation in an effort …
Jim Mustian / Associated Press:
‘Skilled predator’ FBI boss harassed 8 women, watchdog finds  —  NEW YORK (AP) — One woman carried a ruler at FBI headquarters so she could smack James Hendricks' hands when he reached for her legs and breasts.  Another went home shaken after he tugged on her ear and kissed her cheek during a closed-door meeting.
Chauncey Devega / Salon:
Leaked video reveals a GOP plan to intimidate Black and brown voters in Houston  —  Republicans propose “Election Integrity Brigade” specifically targeting Black and brown neighborhoods in Houston  —  Donald Trump's neofascist slogan, “Make America Great Again,” was always best understood …
Discussion: TheGrio
Ron Hurtibise / Sun-Sentinel:
Another cruise line will require vaccines; DeSantis says no  —  SilverSea Cruises became the second major cruise line to announce it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all passengers when it resumes global itineraries on June 5.  —  The decision could set up a confrontation with Florida …
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Cindy McCain set to land Biden ambassadorship  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  President JOE BIDEN is preparing to name Republican CINDY MCCAIN to a coveted ambassador post in Western Europe in what would be his administration's first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position.
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Revealed: the Facebook loophole that lets world leaders deceive and harass their citizens  —  A Guardian investigation exposes the breadth of state-backed manipulation of the platform  —  Facebook has repeatedly allowed world leaders and politicians to use its platform to deceive the public …
Ty Pendlebury / CNET:
Virus-killing fan-maker Big Ass Fans adds former CDC director as advisor  —  Dr. Robert Redfield will advise on health and safety for the company behind the Haiku UV-C. … Big Ass Fans, the Kentucky-based maker of a virus-killing smart fan, is seeking to boost its COVID-19 credentials …
Tom Grundy / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Photo restorer who added smiles to Cambodian genocide victims violated the law, gov't says  —  Cambodia's Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has said that an Ireland-based photo restoration artist broke the country's archive law after he digitally colourised and added smiles to images of genocide victims.
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Naveena Sadasivam / Grist:
Leaked calls show ALEC's secret plan to fight Biden on climate
Discussion: Mic
Rebecca Alter / Vulture:
Adam McKay Calls Aaron Sorkin ‘the Right-Wing Version of Me’
Discussion: New York Times and Decider
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
ABC's Jonathan Karl takes Joe Biden's “bridge” comments wildly out of context
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
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Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Codifying the Big Lie
Discussion: VICE
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
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Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Al Jazeera
James Arkin / Politico:
Former N.C. governor expected to launch Senate bid this week
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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Did Ted Nugent Ask Why There Were No Lockdowns for ‘COVID 1 Thru 18’?
Matthew Chance / CNN:
Ukraine's President heads to the trenches as Russia masses its troops
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Officer Who Pepper-Sprayed a Black Army Medic Is Fired
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Biden White House puts its police oversight commission on ice